It’s hard to believe that the 2015 VRMA Conference is already here, but the VDS team is packing their bags to head to New Orleans and meet with some of the leaders in the vacation rental industry. The 4-day conference offers more than 50 educational sessions and great opportunities to learn about emerging marketing trends, strategic opportunities, and ways to connect with clients and customers. With so much to learn in such a short amount of time, the VDS team has some tips to share for making the most out of your VRMA visit, while still enjoying all that the Big Easy has to offer.
1) Attend a networking session – Conferences act as a gathering place for like-minded and ambitious professionals to interact with one another and learn new industry practices. VRMA 2015 has a number of break-out sessions where you can meet with other vendors. Come prepared with an elevator pitch and some industry tidbits and you may even build some new relationships as well.
2) Explore New Orleans – VRMA offers some great business opportunities, but it’s also a chance to explore a city that is renowned for its fun. Check out staple landmarks like the French Quarter or the Audubon Zoo. Explore the streets and take in the smells of unique Cajun cuisine while hearing some of the best jazz music the world has to offer. And with Halloween approaching, you could explore the spooky side and the mysterious ambiance of this hauntingly beautiful city on a ghost tour. Regardless of what you choose, make sure you free up some time and unwind in the Crescent City.
3) Visit the VDS Booth - Okay, so maybe we’re a little bit biased here, but stopping by to see the VDS team is a fantastic way to enjoy your VRMA visit. Whether you’re a vacation rental company, or a vendor looking to gain some industry insights, our friendly and dedicated team will be located at Booth #305 and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Meet the 2015 VRMA Team!
Paul Herman – Paul is our Chief Executive Officer/Founder and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight to those in the vacation rental industry. Along with getting ahead of the game in website technology, Paul is an early adopter when it comes to Apple products. You may see him sporting his Apple Watch!
Mark Randle - Mark brings nearly nine years experience with VDS and over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Director of Business Strategy, he has spearheaded the marketing and deployment of VDS’s re-launch of their Guest AdVantage loyalty platform. Mark knows all the good lunch spots around the office; ask him what his favorite sushi roll is!
Chelsea Frye - Chelsea is a Senior Online Marketing Consultant who helps clients gain qualified website traffic through a myriad of sources. Ask her about the newest online marketing trends - from Google's local pack to Facebook's effective form of advertising. If you have any advice about how the Baltimore Ravens can improve their season, she'd love to hear that, too!
Brandon Serfass – As our Support and Project Manager, Brandon oversees a multitude of client projects and support requests. Whether a client needs advice about an add-on project, or how to manage their modules effectively, Brandon is your go-to source. Brandon enjoys attending music festivals across the country. Ask him about his favorite to date!
Zofia - As an Online Marketing Consultant, Zofia helps drive quality traffic to client's websites through multiple online techniques, while providing guidance and recommendations to enhance a company's online presence and credibility. She has certifications in Bing Ads, Google AdWords, and Google Analytics. Shout out to her if you enjoy traveling or have partaken in any races!
Dave Dressler - Dave is our Senior Sales Executive, who is new to the vacation rental industry but brings ten years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry to VDS. He enjoys being the first to present the latest and greatest VDS product innovations to our clients. Stop by and ask him what's coming next!
Katy Phillips - Katy is the Client Liaison and Support Coordinator who assists clients with troubleshooting and triaging support-related website requests. She is always ready and available to ensure our clients’ needs are handled in a timely manner. Be prepared for her phone call soon! As a new member of the VDS team, she is eager to begin building relationships with you for many years to come!